Shawn Salata, METS Coordinator & Academic Advisor

I joined the College as a Transfer Admissions Counselor in 1994. I’ve enjoyed several different roles since then, all in the College, all supporting undergraduates and new students. I’ve served as the METS Program Coordinator since 2017 and have grown to love this work and our transfer student community. On the personal side, I have three older brothers, no sisters. I have three sons, no daughters. So spending time with girlfriends is really important for me. I love thrift shopping and seeing live performances on campus. Our family loves to travel – I’ve been to 38 states, 23 countries, and 17 national parks. I’m a huge college sports fan and have had Michigan football season tickets since 1981!

Transfer Student Leaders

Photo of transfer student leaders at an event for the METS program

Our Transfer Student Leaders (TSLs) know what it’s like to jump into Michigan Engineering midstream. They have survived and thrived, and want to help you do the same. TSLs work with all new students transferring into the College of Engineering. Each new transfer student is matched with a TSL. The TSL serves as a mentor through the new student’s first year in the College. They connect new students with activities and resources in the College and across campus, share their own experiences, and create a sense of community. TSLs offer fun and informative events throughout the academic year – social and academic – so you’ll feel connected and prepared. 

Meet the TSL Team


You can call me AR (pronounced A-R, not *arrrrr* like a pirate). I originally hail from the great state of Maryland, but I’ve called Ypsilanti, Michigan my home for most of my life now. I transferred from Washtenaw Community College to Michigan Engineering in the Fall Term 2021 and am now a senior in Electrical Engineering. I am involved with MES ( Muslim Engineering Society) and ASA (the Arab Student Association), but I’m always looking for more clubs to join. In my spare time, I like to indulge in my many hobbies/interests, including but not limited to (deep breath): eating, history, cars, math, physics, aerospace, light gaming, watching movies, knife collecting, photography, generally having an all around blast with friends, and the occasional bit of physical activity.  


I’m a senior in Mechanical Engineering and Minoring in Entrepreneurship. I transferred from Washtenaw Community College after receiving my Associates degree in Science. On campus I am a part of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and ASB-C (Alternative Spring Break Chicago). I wanted to be a TSL because I wanted to be able to be someone new incoming transfer students could ask for advice. I know being a transfer student is challenging at times but that’s why I’m here to answer any questions you may have! If I could give one piece of advice it would be to always speak up and ask for help from professors, GSI’s, and even classmates! Some of my hobbies include: Going out to different restaurants, baking, dancing, and spending time with my puppy! As always GO BLUE!


I’m a senior studying Mechanical Engineering. I transferred from Oakland University in fall of 2021. I was born and raised in Oxford, Michigan. I am involved in BBM (Building a Better Michigan) and AAF (American Advertising Federation). I’ve personally enjoyed being involved in clubs that are non-engineering related. It’s nice to have a break from engineering once in a while. I have thoroughly been enjoying Michigan athletics since transferring, I’ve become an avid hockey fan and you can always find me at Yost when there is a home game.


Headshot of Andy Wang

I’m a senior studying Computer Science, and I transferred from Boston University in Fall 2020. I am involved in First Gen Engin, the Michigan Data Science Team, and IM volleyball. In my spare time, you can find me doing LeetCode problems, attending games at the Big House, going for a run in the Arb, or hanging around campus with my friends.


I’m a sophomore studying Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. I transferred in the Winter Term 2022 from Michigan State University where I studied Mechanical Engineering. I was born and raised in Ann Arbor and I am happy to continue my education here. I am a systems engineer for UM::Autonomy, a project team that builds and codes an autonomous boat. I wanted to become a TSL since transferring colleges is never a straightforward process and a helping hand is always appreciated. In my free time I like to make model boats, hike, and explore the local area.


I’m a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. I was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Currently, I am living with my family in Warren, Michigan. I transferred to Michigan Engineering in Winter 2022 from Wayne County Community College District. I love traveling to gather experience and meet with new people. I also like to play musical instruments during my leisure time.


I am a junior studying Biomedical Engineering. I transferred from Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in Winter Term 2022. I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela, moved to Mexico City at a young age, and grew up there until graduating from high school. After high school, I moved to Florida with my family and started community college. On campus, I am involved with SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and work at the Wilson Student Team Project Center. In my free time, I love playing guitar and singing (anything music related really), watching movies, baking, reading, learning new languages, traveling, and playing sports like soccer, tennis, or volleyball. Nobody gets through Michigan alone 🙂


I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and was raised in Oman, where I completed high school. I started college at University of Michigan-Dearborn and then transferred to Michigan Engineering Winter Term 2022. I am an Orientation Leader, and I am involved in a few different student organizations. I’ll be studying abroad in Iceland this summer. Traveling and exploring new areas, listening to music, spending time with friends, going for runs, playing cricket and soccer are some of my favorite hobbies.


I’m a junior studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in manufacturing. I grew up in Goodrich, MI, a small town about an hour north of Ann Arbor (still trying to adjust to city life).I transferred to Michigan Engineering Fall Term 2021 from the University of Michigan-Flint as part of their “2+2” program. During Festifall, I joined the Autonomous Robotics Vehicle Club, where I’m part of the platform team.  This summer, I’ll be interning at Bass Pro Shops as a process automation engineer. I wanted to be a TSL because this program helped me so much with my transition to a new campus, and I want to give back. During my free time, I enjoy cooking and going on a run.

Qixuan (chi shuwen)

Call me Josie! I am a senior in Industrial and Operations Engineering. I transferred in Fall Term 2021 from Sichuan University, China. I also joined the INFORMS and IOE community, which provide great  information about industries. I enjoy running or hiking with friends, as well as touring campus. I like to explore new things and try food from all over the world. I want to be a TSL because I am eager to meet new people and embrace new cultures. My MBTI type is ESFJ, indicating that I am willing to reach out and help others. I sincerely hope you’ll have a great experience working with our TSL family!


I’m a junior in Computer Science on the pre-dental track. My hometown is Dearborn, MI, and I transferred to Michigan Engineering in Fall 2021 from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I am involved in ASA (African Student Association), NASA (North African Student Association), Ballroom Dance, and Michigan Hackers. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music (Mitski <3 or The Rose), crocheting, thrifting, running, watching shows (anime or korean dramas), trying new boba places or restaurants, and hanging out with friends.

Xinyi (shin yee)

I’m a senior in Engineering Physics. I transferred Fall Term 2021 from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, and I will earn a dual degree in Materials Science Engineering there. I’m a member of the First Gen Engineers as well as the Michigan Materials Society (MMS). For academics, I’m currently working on research of optoelectronic materials and devices, and I’m planning to go for a PhD program after graduation. I enjoy dancing and choreography, especially Chinese traditional dance and K-POP. I may do a bit of running these days. There’s always a huge possibility you can find me at the multi-purpose room of the recreation center throughout the year 🙂 Music and travel plans are also things that interest me. I came to A2 as a quiet and shy international student but now I’ve gained lots of friends and companions which makes life here much more enjoyable. Nobody gets through Michigan alone! GO BLUE!